May 4, 1995
Herewith a bit of mental woolgathering, while awaiting the end of a sidebar in Judge Ito's courtroom....
Mark your calendars: Wednesday, May 10, is the date now scheduled for the network TV movie in which former Perryan Myrna (Niles) Hamman will be appearing. The title is "As Good as Dead," and the star is Chrystal Bernard who appears regularly in the weekly "Wings" comedy on NBC. The USA moving that night usually starts at 8 p.m., but check your listings next week to be sure. This movie originally was scheduled, to be shown in January but was postponed.
You never know where you might find a few golden I nuggets. I rarely pick up the monthly copy of Traditional Home magazine that comes to our house, but the other day Laura showed me an article on "Common Courtesies" in the May issue. It turned out to be a lighthearted essay on the terribly polite people of England. After a few trips to the tight little island, we have become Anglophiles ourselves, so we could well appreciate the writer's observations.
It's called civility, and it's something you don't experience too much in France, Germany, Italy or even in our own country. As the essayist noted, "'politeness and a quiet consideration for others are the very cornerstones of British life and you disregard them at your peril. This is a country where if you accidentally crash into someone in the street or conk them with your umbrella or impeded their progress in any way at all, they will very probably apologize to YOU. Read the entire article (it's brief) if you can find a copy of the magazine. The writer is Bill Bryson.
What is a "Maroon?" Since that's the nickname of our Perry high school athletic teams, the question comes up every now and then. I don't know who chose it or when it was adopted here, but I have found a reasonable definition of the word in the Oxford English dictionary at Perry Carnegie Library. Quoting, it says: "Maroon - said to be a corruption of the Spanish 'Cimarron' -- wild, untamed." Makes sense to me. Otherwise our PHS nickname is just a color. It also explains the derivation of the name of that river just south of us. It has been known to be pretty wild and untamed during spring floods.
So, our PHS athletes can be proud of their nickname. At least, "Maroon" isn't likely to offend any generic or racial group or some other sensitive demographic segment of society. That means it's OK when our cheerleaders exhort local teams onward against the foe. We won't thereby be figuratively stepping on someone's toes.
Incidentally, I know of only two other schools using that nickname, Maroon. One of course is our friendly rival to the north, Blackwell, and the other is Mississippi State University. Do you know if there are others?
Probably some of you remember Virgil V. Sherrod, former advertising and business manager of The Perry Daily Journal. He left here around 1941 to take a position with a newspaper in Houma, La., and he later became and erector for Linotype machines, when that was the international standard method of typesetting. I lost track of him long ago, though I heard he had passed away, but I just recently learned that his wife, Jeannette, and a daughter, Juhree Vanderpool, now live in Newkirk. They would welcome word from their former Perry friends. The other Sherrod children were Sondra and a son, Kim. I do not know their present whereabouts.
Virgil left The Journal shortly after I started working there, but one thing I remember about him is his Poor Boy Club name - Gurgle Flarrod. Those guys had a knack for that. Virgil worked with a managing editor at The Journal named Sam Schwieger, who is kind of revered by former Poor Boys as the editor of their own irregular newsletter and a clever "Keeper of the Notes." His club name? Dam Jigger. Sam also wrote a column called Semi-Serious while with The Journal. He's been an Arkansas resident for many years.